“Please provide a detailed description of the original copyrighted work that has allegedly been infringed. If possible, include a URL to where it is posted online.**”
“SNAPCHAT SOURCE CODE. IT WAS LEAKED AND A USER HAS PUT IT IN THIS GITHUB REPO. THERE IS NO URL TO POINT TO BECAUSE SNAP INC. DOESN’T PUBLISH IT PUBLICLY.” reads the reply of the company to a question included in the DMCA request.
According to Snapchat, the source code was leaked after an iOS update made in May that exposed a “small amount” of the app source code. The problem was solved and Snap Inc ensured that the data leak has no impact on the Snapchat users.
The hackers who leaked the source code are threatening the company of releasing new parts of the leaked code until the Snap Inc will not reply. Likely they are blackmailing the company.
Two members of the group who leaked the Snapchat source code have been posting messages written in Arabic and English on Twitter.
The two hackers are allegedly based in Pakistan and France, they were expecting a bug bounty reward from the company without success.
At the time of writing two other forks containing the source code are still present on GitHub, it seems that the code was published just after the iOS update.
Snapchat currently run an official bug bounty program through HackerOne and has already paid several rewards for critical vulnerabilities in its app.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.